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Oscars 2016 results

Find out this years Oscar wins, losses and snubs right here.

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Oscar Nominations 2013

Check out this years Oscar nominations and let me know who you think is going to win or who you think should have been nominated in the comment section below. Also, don’t forget to vote on your favourite film award ceremony at the end of the post.

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Winners of the 84th Academy Awards

Last night, or early this morning, the 84th Academy Awards took place in the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood.  The ceremony was hosted by Billy Crystal and featured appearances from the Muppets and Cirque Du Soleil.  Just over a month ago, on the 25th of January, I made nine predictions.  Now that the results are in, I can happily say that I was right about five of them, which, by the power of majority rules, makes me psychic.  Check out which ones I predicted HERE or you just check out the list of winners below.

Best Picture

The Artist

 

Actor in a Leading Role

Jean Dujardin in The Artist

 

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christopher Plummer in Beginners

 

Actress in a Leading Role

Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady

 

Actress in a Supporting Role

Octavia Spencer in The Help

 

Directing

The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius

 

Animated Feature Film

Rango

 

Art Direction

Hugo

 

Cinematography

Hugo

 

Costume Design

The Artist

 

Documentary (Feature)

Undefeated

 

Documentary (Short Subject)  

Saving Face

 

Film Editing

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

 

Foreign Language Film

A Separation, Iran

 

Makeup

The Iron Lady

 

Music (Original Score)

The Artist, Ludovic Bource

 

Music (Original Song)

“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

 

Short Film (Animated)

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

 

Short Film (Live Action)

The Shore

 

Sound Editing

Hugo

 

Sound Mixing

Hugo

 

Visual Effects

Hugo

 

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

 

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen

 

What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow and click the like button.


The 2012 Oscar Nominees

This years marks the 84th annual Academy Awards Ceremony, which will take place on the 26th of February.  The Oscar will be hosted by Billy Crystal, after Eddie Murphy stepped down.  Take a look at the full list of the nominations below and leave a comment saying who you would like to see win.

BEST PICTURE

‘The Artist’

‘The Descendants’

‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

‘The Help’

‘Hugo’

‘Midnight in Paris’

‘Moneyball’

‘The Tree of Life’

‘War Horse’

Actor in a Leading Role

Demián Bichir ‘A Better Life’

George Clooney ‘The Descendants’

Jean Dujardin ‘The Artist’

Gary Oldman ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

Brad Pitt ‘Moneyball’

Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh ‘My Week with Marilyn’

Jonah Hill ‘Moneyball’

Nick Nolte ‘Warrior’

Christopher Plummer ‘Beginners’

Max von Sydow ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

Actress in a Leading Role

Glenn Close ‘Albert Nobbs’

Viola Davis ‘The Help’

Rooney Mara ‘The Girl with the Drag on Tattoo’

Meryl Streep ‘The Iron Lady’

Michelle Williams ‘My Week with Marilyn’

Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo ‘The Artist’

Jessica Chastain ‘The Help’

Melissa McCarthy ‘Bridesmaids’

Janet McTeer ‘Albert Nobbs’

Octavia Spencer ‘The Help’

Animated Feature Film
‘A Cat in Paris’

‘Chico & Rita’

‘Kung Fu Panda 2’

‘Puss in Boots’

‘Rango’

ART DIRECTION

‘The Artist’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘Hugo’

‘Midnight in Paris’

‘War Horse’

CINEMATOGRAPHY

‘The Artist’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘The Tree of Life’

‘War Horse’

COSTUME DESIGN

‘Anonymous’

‘The Artist’

‘Hugo’

‘Jane Eyre’

‘W.E.’

DIRECTING

Michel Hazanavicius ‘The Artist’

Alexander Payne ‘The Descendants’

Martin Scorsese ‘Hugo’

Woody Allen ‘Midnight in Paris’

Terrence Malick ‘The Tree of Life’

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

‘Hell and Back Again’

‘If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front’

‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’

‘Pina’

‘Undefeated’

Documentary Short Subject

‘The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement’

‘God Is the Bigger Elvis’

‘Incident in New Baghdad’

‘Saving Face’

‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’

FILM EDITING

‘The Artist’

‘The Descendants’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Moneyball’

Foreign Language Film

‘Bullhead’ (Belgium)

‘Footnote’ (Israel)

‘In Darkness’ (Poland)

‘Monsieur Lazhar’ (Canada)

‘A Separation’ (Iran)

MAKEUP

‘Albert Nobbs’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘The Iron Lady’

Music (Original Score)

‘The Adventures of Tintin’

‘The Artist’

‘Hugo’

‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

‘War Horse’

Music (Original Song)

‘Man or Muppet’ The Muppets; Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

‘Real in Rio’ Rio; Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Short Film (Animated)

‘Dimanche/Sunday’

‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’

‘La Luna’

‘A Morning Stroll’

‘Wild Life’

Short Film (Live Action)

‘Pentecost’

‘Raj u’

‘The Shore’

‘Time Freak’

‘Tuba Atlantic’

SOUND EDITING

‘Drive’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

‘War Horse’

SOUND MIXING

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Moneyball’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

‘War Horse’

VISUAL EFFECTS

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘Hugo’

‘Real Steel’

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

What do you think?  Who would you like to see win?  Are you favourite actors or films there?  Is there anyone you just know is going to win?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.  If you want to follow me on Twitter my profile is https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1, I follow back providing it’s not spam.


Bridesmaids review

For centuries we men have lived in fear of the chick flick.  There predictable storylines and flat humour have been the subject of many nightmares.  Then came a movie, one that claimed to reinvent the chick flick, but did it succeed?

Bridesmaids has been compared to the hit film The Hangover, some even going as far as saying that it was a superior film and they aren’t entirely wrong.  Despite early doubts, Bridesmaids is a completely guy friendly movie, that men will actually enjoy being dragged to.  The story is well written and will have even the manliest man laughing from start to finish.

One of the biggest flaws in modern chick flicks is that they don’t realise that woman are not delicate little flowers, or at least most aren’t.  Women will laugh at sex jokes just as hard as any man.  Bridesmaids uses this to its advantage and has plenty of crude humour throughout.  The characters feel real and breakaway from the norm; you don’t usually see female characters behave like this.  The rivalry between the characters is often shown subtly rather than just blatantly saying it or using wacky stunts to compete with each other, which is normally what happens in movies like this.

The plot follows a single woman named Annie, played by Kristen Wiig (who actually co-wrote the film with Annie Mumolo).  Annie’s going through a rough patch; her business failed, her boyfriend broke up with her, she has really annoying roommates, etc.  She’s then asked to be the maid of honour at her best friends wedding.  Putting her jealousy aside she agrees and is then tasked with many different jobs including planning a bridal shower and bachelorette party.  To make matters worse, most of the other bridesmaids are married and one is trying to come between her and her, soon to be married, friend.

Now if you’re a guy this may sound just like any other girly movie, but I promise it’s not.  The film is filled with energy and has a really great script, with tons of hilarious comedic moments.  One of the best things about the film, in my opinion, is what it overcame to become as successful as it has.  It’s a female driven comedy, which, no offence, usually means it isn’t going to be good, at least not for men and it has no big stars in it.  It truly deserves this success and there are talks of a sequel, but nothing’s set in stone.

The movie is a little over too hours long.  A lot of people complain that movies shouldn’t be this long, but with the increase in ticket prices over the last year consider it a bargain.  When a film’s as enjoyable as this it’s hard to complain about it being long.  If you’re a fan of comedies, whether you’re male or female, I highly recommend seeing this movie as it really does have something for everyone; in fact it has lots of stuff for everyone.

What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


The Muppets 2011

The big celebration of going over 200 posts is not quite ready.  I underestimated the difficulty of what I was trying to do and now I need to invest 2 euro to fix the problem.  Don’t worry it will be soon, I just need to track something down first.

Anyway, in the spirit of quick recovery, let’s get down to business.  Today I have great news for Muppets fans as a new film is coming out this year.  This will be the first Muppets film in over ten years.  A lot has changed since then and the question has to be asked; Is there room for the Muppets in a world where kids are filled with Bieber fever and computer animation has become so popular?

Personally I don’t think it matters.  Let’s face it; cinemas will be packed even if there isn’t a single child that wants to see the film.  The Muppets have always been something that the whole family can enjoy, age really isn’t a factor.  As long as the movie is done right I have confidence it will do great at the box office.

The plot follows Walter, a puppet, who is the world’s biggest Muppets fan.  With his friends Gary and Mary, played by Jason Segel and Amy Adams respectively, Walter travels to Los Angeles where he finds out that the Muppet theatre is getting torn down by a businessman who wants to drill for oil.  Walter and his friend’s then travel around to reunite the Muppets, who have all went their separate ways in the last decade, and have a telethon to raise the money to save the theatre.

It sounds like they have a very strong plot, by which I mean it sounds like something that would happen in a Muppets movie.  However, times have changed and so has technology.  According to Segel we’ll see the Muppets ‘doing stuff they hadn’t been able to do before’ by this he means that they will be using more advanced puppets.  You may have noticed that on the poster they have legs.

The movie will feature special appearances from many celebrities, but luckily Justin Bieber is not one of them.  In an ironic twist the guy who played the ‘Asian’ in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is (this isn’t random I was talking about him in a post a couple of days ago).  The list of celebrity appearances is so long so I’m just going to name a few.  Jack Black, Mila Kunis, Beth Broderick (Aunt Zelda), Selena Gomez, John Krasinski, Lady Gaga, Ben Stiller and many more.

As of yet there is no trailer, but I’ll post it when it’s released.  It shouldn’t be long now, as the movie is set to come out on the 23rd of November.  Also if you like Toy Story, you’ll be happy to know that a brand new short, featuring the characters from Toy Story, will air before the Muppets movie in cinemas.

What do you think?  Are you excited for the Muppets to return?  Do you think the plot is interesting?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


E3 2011

Are you currently pacing the floors of Google in a desperate attempt to find out more information about a game that’s being developed?  Well you may be in luck as E3 is just around the corner.  E3 stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo.  It’s an annual event were game developers show off their latest projects and make announcements.  It’s not a buy a ticket at the door kind of event; it’s for people in the gaming industry and press.  I know what you’re thinking ‘Adam you are so lucky to be going’, well unfortunately my invite must have gotten lost in the mail because I didn’t get it.

Though I won’t be there, I will still be stalking people who where and finding out all of the great revelations that are made at the show.  Personally I’m most interested in seeing if Capcom release new details on the upcoming punch in the face to Devil May Cry fans.  I say that knowing full well that I will most likely buy whatever the end product of their treachery is, plus I’ve kind of embraced the changes (at least for now).

The expo is held in the Los Angeles Convention Center each year around the end of May or the start of June.  This year it will be from the 7th to the 9th of June.  From what I can tell, there are going to be thousands (and I mean thousands) of companies exhibiting at the show.  A full list of all these companies is available on the E3 website, so go check and see if the game you’re stalking has a chance of being featured.

What do you think?  What game are you obsessed with at the moment?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Favourite Superheroes and Villains

 

Today I saw a list of the top 100 superheroes.  I didn’t look at which one was number, because I actually want to go down the list and see them all.  While I probably won’t know some of them, I’m still curious to see were my favourite heroes placed on the list.  I then start thinking about making my own list.  I remember how long my 100 things about me post took so I’m not going to do 100.  Instead I’m going to stick with five, but I’m also going to include my top five villains.  I’m already debating on the order so I’m just going to leave the order random. 

Anyway, let’s start with the heroes.

 

Superman; I know it sounds boring, but I’ve always been a fan.  The first comic I read was actually a Superman comic so I guess that has a lot to do with it.  Some people say he’s too powerful, but I don’t see the problem with that I don’t want to back a weak superhero, besides Krytonite seems to be readily available in the DC universe, plus he’s affected by magic.

The Flash; I just really like the character.  I have for years.  I remember my friend even recorded the movie for me when we were kids.  What’s cooler than being the faster man in the world?  Nothing, that’s what.

Nightcrawler; It all started in 2003 when the second X-Men movie came out.  He was one of the new characters and I just thought he was really cool.  Ever since he’s just been one of my favourite superheroes.  His powers and the flaws in his powers are just so well thought out.  Then again, after seeing The Fly, the remake not the original, I don’t think I’m ever going to want to teleport (no one ends up with a fly head in that version, for people who have never seen it).

Batman; You’ve got to love a spoiled rich kid that uses his money to fight crime.  Big fan of gadgets, pure and simple.  I think Batman is one of those heroes that everyone knows about whether they want to or not.  Who doesn’t know his back story?

Iron Man; I generally prefer my superheroes with superpowers, but, to avoid sounding prejudice to non-powered heroes, I’ve included another.  Also, the 2008 Iron Man film was great and I’m looking forward to seeing him in the upcoming Avengers movie.

Now on to the villains

Dark Phoenix; I was actually going to put Phoenix in the hero section, but I realised I like her better as a villain.  She wasn’t done justice in the third X-Men movie, but it wasn’t completely horrible.  Her storyline is a pretty interesting part of the X-Men comic and animated series’.

Black Cat; Forget Batman, Black Cat is the real anti-hero of the comic world.  Her philosophy is that she is the Black Cat and Felicia Hardy is just a character she plays.

Juggernaut; I just always remember him from the cartoon when I was a kid.  He just stuck with me so he made the list.  He too was not done justice in X-Men 3.

Venom; Definitely deserves to be on anyone’s list of favourite villains.  It’s kind of like Dark Phoenix when I think about it.  The idea that an external force can just sort of takeover, or at least influence you, is really interesting.  Also, both he and Phoenix have infected more than one person.

Doomsday; Though I was let down my how Smallville ended Doomsday’s storyline, the character was done very well.  However, the comic book version is very different, for one thing there is no Davis Bloome.  I do think that adding the human side worked for the show, but either way the villain that killed Superman should be on everyone’s favourite super villains list.

Do you agree/disagree?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Trailer Review

Tomorrow I’ll be sitting in the cinema watching Scream 4, just thought I’d let you know.  Be sure to check back tomorrow for a, spoiler free, review of the movie.  Anyway, that’s enough about tomorrow; today we’re going to talk about Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.

You may remember that last time I talked about Operation Raccoon City I wasn’t very optimistic.  Well the press conference I mentioned has come and gone and yes more information was given.

The game features co-op multiplayer, which we already knew, but we didn’t know that each of these for characters has a different skill set.  This means that which character you pick to play as will really have an effect on the game play.  This will also play into the fact that different members of the team will have to pair up to perform tasks, like they did in Resident Evil 5 only this time there’s more options.  The four playable characters are Vector, Spectre, Beltway and Bertha.  Vector is equipped with a cloaking device and Bertha has been one of the main characters in Two and a Half Men since it began.

The game takes place in a sort of ‘what if’ version of Resident Evil 2.  You are the bad guys and can do stuff that go against the canon of the series, like kill Leon.  I was originally put off by the idea, but I’ve just become so curious about the game that my desire to play has outweighed my will to resist.

Playing as the evil guy has advantages, like you don’t have to worry about tyrant.  Actually you do.  In this game, tyrant has ‘malfunctioned’ and is not discriminating between who is and is not a target.  This means that he’ll kill anyone, including you.

The trailer looks great and has played a part in convincing me to give the game a shot.  If nothing else, it will be an amazing, multiplayer, fast paced action game.  The game should be infecting a PC, Xbox 360 or PS3 near you this winter.

What do you think?  Are you glad they are making this game?  Which new Resident Evil game are you most looking forward too?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Don’t forget to subscribe and check back tomorrow for a, spoiler free, review of Scream 4.


Pulling an All Nighter

Have you ever had so much work to do that you’ve said ‘there isn’t enough hours in the day’.  Well if so, you’ve probably considered taking some hours from the night and using them.  I have to get my thesis completely done by Friday morning, I don’t have loads left, but I have millions of other things to do during the day and before I know it I’m lying in bed thinking ‘where did the time go’.  So tomorrow night I am attempting to work through the night and get my thesis finished.

I don’t really sleep very much.  I go to sleep around three in the morning and wake up around half seven, also in the morning, for college, depending on the day.  I figure, due to my already lack of sleep, staying awake will be the easy part, but keeping my brain focused will be hard.  I’ve done all nighters before, but never for work purposes.

To prepare myself, I’ve done a bit of research on working or studying through the night.  I’m glad I did, because I had this mental plan of how I was going to keep myself going, but a lot of the things I intended to do where on the list of things not to do.  One of the biggest shocks was that you should avoid caffeine.  Apparently, things like caffeine, like sugar, perks you up but actually induces a crash that’ll make you more tired than you were before.  You should also never study/do your work on a bed or even in your bedroom.  You should sit at a table with your back straight.

Drinking ice cold water will keep you awake in two ways, the cold will wake you up and the water will make you need to use the toilet which keeps you awake (hopefully).  Instead of eating sweets you should eat apples, apparently they keep you awake.  Another good tip is too turn the light on your computer screen down so it doesn’t strain your eyes.  Having a friend around also helps keep you awake, plus they can be fun on breaks which you should take for ten minutes every fifty minutes.  It’s been proven that loads of short study/work sessions give better results than one big one.

Wish me look, I’ll let you know how it goes on Friday.  Be sure to vote and leave a comment below.  Also if you like my blog you can subscribe over on the left, you don’t need to have a WordPress account all you need is an e-mail address.